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Cornflowers - tips from sowing to harvest


The cornflower was formerly used as a field herb and was fought. Today you see them more and more in gardens. Our tips will tell you how this also thrives for you.

You can use the cornflower as a medicinal plant

The now deeply blue cornflower, which is now nature conservation because it was almost exterminated through the use of herbicides on the cornfields, is finally receiving more attention in numerous garden beds and is therefore slowly recovering from its threatening situation. Especially since their Mediterranean-looking flowers in deep blue stand out neatly between countless shrubs.

This eye-catcher is now also available in specialist shops as white-flowered, pink-flowered and violet-flowered as well as a double-colored cultivated form.

Cornflowers - tips from sowing to harvest

Site selection:

You can sow cornflower seeds already in autumn and / or spring (from approx. April) in nutrient-rich, dry and air-permeable soil.

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Cornflowers thrive especially well if you sow them in a sunny to partially shaded spot.

To water:

You should only water cornflowers during long periods of drought and you must also avoid waterlogging.

Promote multiple blooms:

The relatively easy-care cornflower then usually begins to bloom in June and lasts until October. You should then pluck faded flowers regularly to encourage multiple flowering.

Fertilize cornflowers:

During the growth phase, you should avoid fertilizers as much as possible, because cornflowers react extremely quickly negatively to overfertilization.

Do not fertilize cornflowers during the growth phase

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If necessary, you should apply at most a little bit of complete fertilizer before flowering.

Only in autumn can you incorporate a little compost around the cornflower, or before composting the flower bed with compost and let it settle. This type of fertilization is usually completely sufficient for the cornflower.

Stabilize cornflowers:

If cornflowers grow very tall (approx. 100 centimeters), but then mostly as a thin herbaceous plant, you should stabilize the heavy flowers by using several plant sticks - loosely tie stems to them.

Harvest cornflower blossoms:

Cornflower is not the same as cornflower and therefore the numerous, mostly filled ornamental varieties have no healing properties. Only the natural form of the cornflower can also be used as a medicinal plant. When purchasing the semen you should therefore choose one real Watch out for cornflower seeds.

If you want to use the cornflower as a medicinal plant, then you should harvest the just opened flowers of the cornflower and then dry them gently.

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Always keep dried cornflowers in a cool, dark place to prevent the flowers from fading.

Processing cornflower blossoms:

You can use the dried cornflower petals to make tea (for better digestion, but also helps with cough), compresses against swollen eyes, a bath additive for itchy skin diseases and a facial toner for blemished skin.

You can make tea from cornflowers

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You can also add fresh petals to a salad individually. A wonderfully exotic-looking salad decoration that also supports digestion.